My city, Milwaukee, which already has many sub shops both national and local, is about to get another national chain called Firehouse Subs. Can anyone tell me anything about them?
I expect nothing wonderful from any chain, but I am hopeful that they are not at the level of the nausea-inducing Subway.
Local Firehouse franchises in Tallahassee put out a decent product. Bread tends to be a bit on the soft side after the steaming. But their "fully involved" large sammies are very filling. At least they don't drown the meat in oil and vinegar like Jersey Mike's. And they're a step or two above JimmyJohn's, IMO. Can't opine versus Jared's as I haven't ahd a Subway in a few years.
I've eaten at a couple of different ones. They are better than Subway or Blimpie. Not as good as Jason's Deli, Larry's Giant Subs, or Lenny's Sub Shop. In my opinion.
I'm not a big fan, but I prefer cold Italian hoagie-style subs with cured meats and cheeses and lots of vegetables and vinagrette-type sauces, and Firehouse is better for hot subs which are steamed.
They have a great selection of hot sauces, if you're into that kind of thing.
I tried them once in Tennessee. I think I got a meatball sub, my favorite hot hoagie when done well. I found it inedible. I never went back.
I used to eat at the location in Lake Mary Florida probably 2 or 3 of the days of each week that I was down there. I like the place, they are much better than Subway, with a good variety of specialty combo sandwiches. For the life of me I cannot remember which was my favorite, but Hook and Ladder rings a bell, I also recall they have some kind of barbecue sandwich with cheddar and onions.